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Historical Markers and War Memorials in North Bethesda, Maryland

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1Maryland (Montgomery County), North Bethesda — "Alluvium" is an artwork by Jim Sanborn
The following is a list of the translations, transcriptions, and sources for the texts on the screen John Smith 1612 AD "There is but one entrance by sea into this country, and that is at the mouth of a very goodly bay, 18 or 20 miles . . . Map (db m113848) HM
2Maryland (Montgomery County), North Bethesda — 11333 Woodglen Drive
On this building, 11333 Woodglen Drive, the first "Green Roof" in Montgomery County was built in 2004. This roof provides for reduced energy consumption in the building and also provides for a natural filtration and . . . Map (db m113838) HM
3Maryland (Montgomery County), North Bethesda — A Royal Audience — President Obama and Henson's Legacy
In 2011, Queen Elizabeth received President Obama at Buckingham Palace. Among significant historic items she arranged for him to view was material related to Josiah Henson's visit with Queen Victoria in 1877. About Henson's meeting, the . . . Map (db m174662) HM
4Maryland (Montgomery County), North Bethesda — Agriculture on the Riley Plantation
"Gradually the disposal of everything raised on the farm,—the wheat, oats, hay, fruit, butter, and whatever else there might be,—was confided to me, and it was quite evident that I could and did sell for better than any one else he . . . Map (db m174685) HM
5Maryland (Montgomery County), North Bethesda — Archaeology at Josiah Henson Park
Montgomery Parks has conducted archaeological research on this property since 2009 and will continue studies to learn more about the daily lives of those enslaved here and whose experiences are not recorded anywhere else. Reconstructing the . . . Map (db m174689) HM
6Maryland (Montgomery County), North Bethesda — Bethesda's Big Train
Walter Johnson, baseball's greatest pitcher, lived in Bethesda from 1925 until 1935. Called the "Big Train" because of his overpowering fastball, Johnson won 417 games in 21 seasons with the Washington Senators. His record of 110 shutouts should . . . Map (db m141386) HM
7Maryland (Montgomery County), North Bethesda — Bill Spencer — Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League Hall of Fame — Class of 2021 —
Bill Spencer served as the inaugural Commissioner of the Cal Ripken Sr. Collegiate Baseball League from 2005 to 2009. An All-American and All-Atlantic Coaster Conference pitcher at the University of Virginia, Bill's eight complete games in . . . Map (db m199049) HM
8Maryland (Montgomery County), North Bethesda — Brett Cecil — Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League Hall of Fame — 2019 Inaugural Class —
Brett Cecil played for the Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts in the Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League's inaugural season of 2005. The University of Maryland standout led the Ripken League in strikeouts and was fourth in ERA. In his first . . . Map (db m199008) HM
9Maryland (Montgomery County), North Bethesda — Brian Dozier — Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League Hall of Fame — 2019 Inaugural Class —
Brian Dozier played for the 2006 Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League regular season champion Bethesda Big Train, batting .258 with 31 hits in 33 games as shortstop. Brian played baseball at the University of Southern Mississippi and was . . . Map (db m199010) HM
10Maryland (Montgomery County), North Bethesda — Bruce Adams — Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League Hall of Fame — 2019 Inaugural Class —
Bruce Adams co-founded the Bethesda Community Base Ball Club in 1998 with a mission to improve youth fields in Montgomery County and Washington, DC. the club built Shirley Povich Field and created the Big Train as the source of revenue for . . . Map (db m199015) HM
11Maryland (Montgomery County), North Bethesda — Cal Ripken Senior — Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League Hall of Fame — 2019 Inaugural Class —
Cal Ripken Senior. The Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League and this Hall of Fame have been named to honor the man who personified the commitment to playing baseball the right way, the Ripken Way. Cal Senior's maxim was simple: "Perfect . . . Map (db m199007) HM
12Maryland (Montgomery County), North Bethesda — Davis Family Picnic Pavilion
Commemorating the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Floyd E. Davis Company, the officers, directors, and employees are honored to play a role in the creation of the Shirley Povich Field at the Cabin John Regional Park. The Davis . . . Map (db m199050) HM
13Maryland (Montgomery County), North Bethesda — Dean Albany — Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League Hall of Fame — 2019 Inaugural Class —
Dean Albany co-founded the Cal Ripken Sr. Collegiate Baseball League in 2005, giving the league instant credibility with college coaches and major league scouts. As a coach of Youse's Orioles, Dean's teams won six All-American Amateur . . . Map (db m199013) HM
14Maryland (Montgomery County), North Bethesda — Farm Road Bed
Like much of the Riley-Bolten House, the landscape was reinforced as part of the 1930s renovation. This macadam style road, uncovered during museum construction, replaced the earlier dirt farm road. While dirt roads were common in the . . . Map (db m174675) HM
15Maryland (Montgomery County), North Bethesda — George Solomon — Press Box
George Solomon and Shirley Povich worked side-by-side at The Washington Post for decades. Solomon was Shirley Povich's colleague, editor, and friend. Solomon joined The Washington Post as a sports reporter in 1972 and served as . . . Map (db m199065) HM
16Maryland (Montgomery County), North Bethesda — Historic Montrose School
Constructed 1909 Designed by Thomas C. Groomes as a two room schoolhouse for white elementary students in rural communities of Montrose and Randolph. Used coal-burning stove, water from a well, and outhouses. Students planted the red cedar . . . Map (db m67063) HM
17Maryland (Montgomery County), North Bethesda — Hopkins & Porter Scoreboard
The Povich Field hand-operated scoreboard is named in recognition of the outstanding community contribution made by Hopkins & Porter Construction of Potomac, Maryland. Hopkins & Porter designed and constructed the scoreboard as well as the dugout . . . Map (db m199052) HM
18Maryland (Montgomery County), North Bethesda — How Did Josiah Henson Help Free Enslaved People?
Experiencing firsthand the evils of slavery, Josiah Henson chose not just to free himself, but to help others escape their bondage. After he safely arrived in Canada with his wife and children, he set out to raise funds to pay for his brother . . . Map (db m174646) HM
19Maryland (Montgomery County), North Bethesda — Hunter Renfroe — Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League Hall of Fame — Class of 2020 —
Hunter Renfroe played for the Bethesda Big Train in 2011 and 2012. In 2011, he hit .305 with eight home runs and 30 RBIs while leading the Ripken League champion Big Train team that was named the nation's top summer college team by Perfect . . . Map (db m199022) HM
20Maryland (Montgomery County), North Bethesda — Joe Branzell — All-Star Game
The first annual Joe Branzell All-Star Game was played at Shirley Povich Field on June 30, 1999. The Clark Griffith League All-Stars defeated the Eddie Brooks League All-Stars 2-1. The Joe Branzell All-Star Game honors the memory of a man who . . . Map (db m199061) HM
21Maryland (Montgomery County), North Bethesda — John C. Brown Memorial Bridge
The John C. Brown (Corp’l U. S. Army) Memorial Bridge Dedicated August 26, 1950 To the memory of the first Maryland soldier killed in action in Korea June 30, 1950Map (db m90) WM
22Maryland (Montgomery County), North Bethesda — John Ourisman — [Shirley Povich Field]
Shirley Povich Field is the result of the extraordinary community leadership of John Ourisman. As the Founder and Chairman of the Bethesda Community Base Ball Club, John recruited the organization's Founding Members, led the fundraising campaign for . . . Map (db m199066) HM
23Maryland (Montgomery County), North Bethesda — Josiah Henson
Born into slavery in 1789, Josiah Henson was purchased as a child by Adam Robb and transferred here to the Riley plantation in 1795. The Rileys enslaved him for over 30 years until he escaped with his wife and children from Kentucky to . . . Map (db m189537) HM
24Maryland (Montgomery County), North Bethesda — Justin Bour — Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League Hall of Fame — Class of 2020 —
Justin Bour played for Youse's Maryland Orioles in 2006 and 2007. Justin hit .331 for the Orioles in 2006 and led the 2007 Ripken League regular season championships with six home runs and 38 RBIs. Youse's Orioles won the All American Amateur . . . Map (db m199016) HM
25Maryland (Montgomery County), North Bethesda — Leibo's Place
This clubhouse at Povich Field is named in recognition of the outstanding community contribution made by Phil Leibovitz and the entire team at Sandy Spring Builders, LLC of Bethesda, Maryland. The Sandy Spring team played the leadership role in . . . Map (db m141385) HM
26Maryland (Montgomery County), North Bethesda — Life in the Slave Quarters
"We lodged in log huts, and on the bare ground .... Our beds were collections of straw and old rags, thrown down in the corners and boxed in the boards; a single blanket the only covering." —Josiah . . . Map (db m174688) HM
27Maryland (Montgomery County), North Bethesda — Luke Adkins — Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League Hall of Fame — Class of 2021 —
Luke Adkins played for the Bethesda Big Train in 2006, 2008, and 2009. In 2009, he shared the Most Valuable Player award on the Big Train's powerhouse 34-10 team that was ranked the nation's ninth best summer college team by Perfect Game . . . Map (db m199046) HM
28Maryland (Montgomery County), North Bethesda — Maryland: Confederate or Union State?
Slavery in Maryland lasted for 230 years, beginning with the earliest colonists and persisting through most of the Civil War. During the war, Maryland remained in the Union. Like other border state residents, Marylanders were sympathetic to — . . . Map (db m174693) HM
29Maryland (Montgomery County), North Bethesda — Miller & Long Grandstand
Shirley Povich Field was built as a result of a community partnership that involved a Herculean effort by members of the local building industry in the winter and spring of 1999. This grandstand is named for Miller & Long Co., Inc., a concrete . . . Map (db m199059) HM
30Maryland (Montgomery County), North Bethesda — Old Spring House & Pool of Bethesda
Originally, the grounds of the National Naval Medical Center was a rural farm with a small pond fed by a natural spring. The picture to the right is the original spring house located on the property. the pool and the tiny stream reminded the . . . Map (db m75845) HM
31Maryland (Montgomery County), North Bethesda — Original Povich Field Seat Plaques From 1999
The Bethesda Community Base Ball Club sold 606 seats plaques to help support the construction of Shirley Povich Field in 1999. As part of a campaign to refresh Povich Field in 2018-2019 in honor of our 20th season, the seats in the home plate . . . Map (db m199067) HM
32Maryland (Montgomery County), North Bethesda — Preserving the Riley-Bolten House
"When you came out of the kitchen, or the log cabin, then you went up some steps on to a porch … into the sitting room." — Frances Mace Hansbrough, 2007
When developer Morton Luchs purchased . . . Map (db m174680) HM
33Maryland (Montgomery County), North Bethesda — Rebecca Crowley — Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League Hall of Fame — Class of 2020 —
Becky Crowley represents the very finest values of the world of summer collegiate baseball. She has used the skills and resources of a successful business executive to enrich our community through her support of amateur baseball. "Miss . . . Map (db m199017) HM
34Maryland (Montgomery County), North Bethesda — Return to the Riley Farm
In 1878, after meeting President Hayes at the White House, Henson returned to the Riley plantation to find it much diminished — a scene common after the end of slavery in the South. Upon recognizing Henson, the Widow Riley exclaimed: "Why, . . . Map (db m174661) HM
35Maryland (Montgomery County), North Bethesda — Richard Shannon O'Connor — Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League Hall of Fame — Class of 2020 —
Dick O'Connor founded Maryland Community Baseball, Inc. in 2000 with a mission to promote youth baseball in Silver Spring in Takoma Park. He is the founder of the Silver Spring-Takoma Thunderbolts and spearheaded the campaign to renovate . . . Map (db m199020) HM
36Maryland (Montgomery County), North Bethesda — Sal Colangelo — Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League Hall of Fame — 2019 Inaugural Class —
Sal Colangelo took over as head coach of the Bethesda Big Train in 2005, the inaugural season of the Cal Ripken Collegiate Baseball League, after serving as assistant coach for the team's first six seasons. In his first fourteen seasons as . . . Map (db m199012) HM
37Maryland (Montgomery County), North Bethesda — Shirley Povich
Baseball was Shirley Povich's true passion. In a career at The Washington Post that spanned 75 years, Povich covered the greats of the game from Walter Johnson to Cal Ripken Jr. The prolific and profound Povich covered the Washington . . . Map (db m141383) HM
38Maryland (Montgomery County), North Bethesda — So what are those numbers hanging on the right field fence? — ⑤ ⑦ ⑪ ㉑ ㊵ ㊷
Bethesda Big Train baseball and BCC Baseball are dedicated to showcasing the great history of baseball and sharing this history with new generations of baseball fans. We named our team the Big Train after baseball's greatest pitcher, Walter . . . Map (db m199053) HM
39Maryland (Montgomery County), North Bethesda — The Meathouse: A Food Vault
"I used to reason that the slaves were the property of their masters, and so were the pigs…if I induced them to wander away, it was only taking a part of master's property, the pigs, to make the other part of his property, the . . . Map (db m174683) HM
40Maryland (Montgomery County), North Bethesda — The Riley Plantation
This illustration imagines what the property looked like 200 years ago when Josiah Henson was enslaved here. The Riley House was positioned on a hill above Old Georgetown Road. A number of outbuildings were scattered around the property to . . . Map (db m189535) HM
41Maryland (Montgomery County), North Bethesda — This Morning… with Shirley Povich
Shirley Povich covered baseball — his true passion — from Walter Johnson to Cal Ripken in a career at The Washington Post that spanned 75 years. The prolific and profound Povich covered the Washington Senators' lone World Championship in . . . Map (db m199056) HM
42Maryland (Montgomery County), North Bethesda — Walter Johnson — The Greatest Pitcher Who Ever Lived
Walter Johnson personified "gentlemanly conduct in the heat of battle," as his friend and chronicler Shirley Povich put it. Rated the fourth best player in the history of the game by The Sporting News Walter Johnson was the game's . . . Map (db m199070) HM
43Maryland (Montgomery County), North Bethesda — Who Was Josiah Henson?
Born in 1789 in Maryland to enslaved parents, Josiah Henson lived in slavery until 1830. For most of that time, he worked and lived on the Isaac Riley plantation, where he sustained humiliation, deprivation, and crippling violence. After a . . . Map (db m174691) HM
44Maryland (Montgomery County), North Bethesda — Whose House Was This?
This is the historic Riley-Bolten House, built circa 1800. The log structure attached to the house is a kitchen built in 1850. Until 1864, this plantation was worked by enslaved people. Josiah Henson lived in quarters elsewhere on the . . . Map (db m174652) HM
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Aug. 18, 2022